Defensive driving film explaining the importance of awareness of surrounding vehicles.
"THERE ARE FOUR CARS THE DRIVER MUST KEEP IN MIND AT ALL TIMES: THE CAR AHEAD, THE CAR BEHIND, THE CAR AROUND THE CORNER, & THE CAR HE IS DRIVING. IF HE DRIVES SAFELY IN RELATION TO THESE CARS, HE WILL BE A SAFE DRIVER."
Beginning with aerial shots and shots from the ground of biplanes flying in formation, this film lectures about automobile driving safety. Putting the viewer in the driver's seat, it cautions against several likely-to-occur scenarios, reminding the driver to keep in mind the aerial view of the car formations around him. The same scenario seen from the drivers point of view is re-played with animations using model cars and shown from above.
Three biplanes fly in a line
Bi-plane flight formation flying
Aerial shot of country landscape, a diagonal road cutting across the grid pattern
Aerial shot of a busy road, pedestrians crossing the road
A white Chevrolet, parked by a brick building, the driver's seat door opens independently
A driver hand signalling out the window
Shot driving down the street as if the viewer is the driver
Animation sequences from above of car maneuvers
From driver's seat, approaching a man reading the paper on the corner in front of a drug store, man waves, framed by the passenger window
Four cars driving closely together down a two-lane road
HEALTH AND SAFETY TRANSPORTATION ADVERTISING DRIVERS FORMATIONS ACCIDENTS Chevrolet Motor Company (sponsors) Automobiles Airplanes Driving shots Automobiles (driving) Safety Automobiles (safety) Formations Airplanes (stunt flying) Airplanes (biplanes) Aerials Air-to-air shots Aircraft (biplanes)
June 24, 2006 Subject:
Rather generic, but still timely
In this early Jam Handy short produced for Chevrolet, drivers are admonished to steadily observe oncoming traffic in all directions so that easily preventable collisions can be averted. As a fleet of military aircraft soar in concert at the beginning of the film, the narrator states that the pilots operating the planes require a diligent eye in order to remain in perfect alignment with their colleagues, and that drivers on the ground must act similarly by adopting an "airplane view" that will allow them to effectively monitor all areas of the road and remain a reasonable distance away from nearby vehicles. Model cars are employed in tabletop scenes to better illustrate the need to be watchful when braking, changing lanes, or sharing space with vehicles emerging from side roads. The film isn't monotonous, but there are several other Jam Handy films that are far more creative in their approach towards the subject matter with which they are concerned.
June 13, 2003 Subject:
Let's see an aerial view...
Defensive and smart driving is shown here with somewhat boring results. The seemingly clever Jem Handy practice of showing vehicle trickery (see 'Around The Corner' ) before the actual show to distract the audience is used here, this time with airplane formations. The same formations are then weakly explained with automobiles. But all it is is a crsh course in driving safer. Not too exciting.